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Dodge to be

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:04 am
by Stevenloan
- Hi guys! In WWII, Kevin falsified a medical certificate to avoid joining the army. Are the two sentences below used correctly in this context?

1. In WWII, Kevin forged a medical certificate so that he was exempted from joining the army.
2. In WWII, Kevin doctored a medical certificate so that he could dodge to be a soldier.

Your answers will be highly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Dodge to be

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:44 am
by Erik_Kowal
I would write:

1. In WWII, Kevin forged a medical certificate so that he would be exempt[ed] from {the draft / being drafted}.

"Joining the army" is technically correct, but it would be better to be precise regarding the reason. The draft was compulsory; "joining the army" implies voluntary military service.

2. In WWII, Kevin {doctored / falsified / faked / forged} a medical certificate {so that he could / to enable him to} dodge {the draft / being drafted / getting drafted}.

Re: Dodge to be

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:00 pm
by trolley
Is it just me, or does using "doctor" (change in order to deceive) in a statement about something medical seem to somehow detract from the statement? I immediately thought there was some (attempt at) humour injected in there and questioned how serious the statement was. For some reason, I would not state that a a medical report had been "doctored".

Re: Dodge to be

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:00 am
by Stevenloan
Erik and trolley : Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. Have a nice day.

StevenLoan

Re: Dodge to be

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:23 pm
by Phil White
trolley wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:00 pm Is it just me, or does using "doctor" (change in order to deceive) in a statement about something medical seem to somehow detract from the statement? I immediately thought there was some (attempt at) humour injected in there and questioned how serious the statement was. For some reason, I would not state that a a medical report had been "doctored".
I think that's just you, trolley.

Re: Dodge to be

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:30 pm
by trolley
...and it probably won't be the last time!